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National Thyroid Awareness Month

Hello A. Rose NFP Followers,

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. For those of us who are unfamiliar with thyroid disease, the thyroid is a small gland located at the base of the neck. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s chemical reactions needed for healthy body functioning and physical energy. In addition, it is responsible for the growth and development of the human body. The most common types of thyroid diseases are Thyroid nodules, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Goiter, Thyroiditis, and Thyroid Cancer. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones for healthy body functioning. When the gland does not produce enough hormones individuals can experience side effects such as weight gain, coma, heart rate issues, and fatigue. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland produces an excessive amount of hormones needed for healthy functioning. A few symptoms associated with this disease are weight loss, muscle weakness, irregular heart rhythm, and increased risk of osteoporosis. To learn more about the many types of thyroid disease, The American Thyroid Association (ATA) provides public awareness education on thyroid health. Search for more specifics on thyroid health and resources to many organizations that provide reliable information on the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases on the ATA website. Take a look at detailed educational video by Access Health on “Understanding Autoimmune Thyroid Disease”.

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